Some News:

New Cross Church is hosting a Fun day on Sunday 20th May.

It's being held at the Mansfield Hoisery Mills Social Club on Huthwaite Road, Sutton in Ashfield.  

The day is to raise funds for a number of groups doing good work in the Ashfield area.

They'll be lot's of different stalls available, raffle prizes, tombola, tea, coffee and food available.
It starts at 1.00pm at 'The Fieldings, Huthwaite Road, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 2TF'

Tesco Bags of help

In May and June we will be part of the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme.  Three projects are chosen and open to the public vote. 

The participating stores are:
5359    BLIDWORTH EXP   NG21 OPN        Express
5538    DUKERIES MANSFLD EXP    NG18 4SG        Express
6436    HUTHWAIT CHSTRFLD EXP   NG17 2PY        Express
5425    KIRKBY ASHFIELD EXP     NG17 7JE        Express
5281    LAKESIDE SUTN ASH EXP   NG17 4HG        Express
5437    Mansfield Chesterfield  NG19 7TS        Extra
5379    Mansfield Jubilee       NG18 3RT        Extra
6713    RAINWORTH EXP   NG21 0AE        Express
3261    SUTTON IN ASHFLD EXP    NG17 5TN        Express

The project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000, and the third placed project £1,000.

Please pick up a token and support us every time you do a bit of shopping!

BIG Lottery Funding!

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the BIG lottery reaching Communities Fund!  This will enable us to continue to run the Sutton Lawns Project for five years. 
We are so grateful for the BIG Lottery support, this grant will make a real difference to a lot of people over the next five years.  We are proud to be able to say that we are:

You can support us by donating to our Just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hope-springs-horticulture

Thanks to our Supporters

  • The BIG Lottery Fund
  • Ashfield District Council
  • The National Trust
  • Bassetlaw District Council
  • Bassetlaw Community Voluntary Service
  • Ashfield Fair Share Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Community Foundation
  • Enable
  • Shoosmiths Nottingham
  • McGregors Nottingham
  • Business in the Community
  • Thompson and Morgan
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
  • The Sutton Rotarians 
  • Tesco Bags of Help
  • Wilkinsons

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Many thanks to www.thompson-morgan.com for their kind donation of seeds!  These will provide an abundance of colour on the projects this summer.  We have also been able to distribute some of the surplus to other groups so five projects in total will be able to benefit from their generosity!

We are now able to access the internet on the project thanks to a capacity building grant from Enable!

We are part of the Choose My Support Website:

Health Lottery Grant
We have received a grant from HealthRegard on behalf of the Health Lottery to run a one day a week Green Therapy project at Clumber Park.  The project will run for a year and is open for people from the Bassetlaw area.  We are very excited to be a part of this new source of funding.  It will give us the opportunity to make a real difference to peoples health, both physically and mentally. 
Vine Tree Charity
We have gratefully received a grant from the Vine Tree Charity in Ashfield.  This will go towards purchasing computer equipment to enable people to access self management resources. 
Plant a Tree Project
This project has been a great success and we have so far distributed nearly 100 trees across the Ashfield Community.  Funded by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, the project is currently being independently evaluated and we have sent out follow up questionnaires to see how the trees are getting along.
We still have some trees left so if you have room to adopt one please get in touch!
Completion of Enable Project
We completed the Four month project at Worksop at the end of June funded by Enable on the European Social Fund.  the project was very successful and we have  learned a lot throughout the course of the project.  Enable have since referred us to work towards achieving Pqasso quality standards level one.  As the project was so successful they have kindly agreed to fund us to achieve this standard.
 Enable Funding Extension
Due to the continued success of our Worksop project funding from the European Social Fund has been extended to the end of June.  This will enable participants to become competent in a greater variety of skills.


Nottingham General Dispensary Fund
We have been awarded a grant from the Nottingham General Dispensary Fund to purchase new equipment and start a Health and Horticulture Library.  We aim to offer a collection of publications offering support and advice on a variety of mental and physical health problems, along with a wide selection of horticultural books.  These will be available for our members to lend to give them a better understanding of their health.  We also hope to be inspired by the horticultural books offered! 

Community Interest Company Incorporation
On 5th April 2012 Hope Springs Horticulture was Incorporated at Companies House as a Community Interest Company.  Our Company number is 08021695.  Many thanks to David Obahiagbon and Rachel Beard at Shoosmiths Nottingham, for helping us through the process!
Sutton Lawns
In November 2011 Ashfield Fair Share Trust in partnership with Nottinghamshire Community Foundation held a 'Dragons' Den' competition to support new businesses in the Ashfield area.  We entered the competition and received mentoring and support in improving our business plan which has proved to be invaluable.  The final of the competition involved giving a presentation to local business leaders.  Although a very nerve inducing experience we were lucky to win a £3,000 start up grant!  This helped Hope Springs get off to a flying start by enabling us to cover essential start up costs such as insurance and professional fees.  We are also investing a proportion of the money in materials to support our fledgling Social Enterprise.
We are currently working again with Ashfield Fair Share Trust by helping to co-ordinate a project to give trees to the Ashfield Community to make Ashfield Greener - keep checking back for more updates.
Cheapside Worksop
We have been lucky to receive a grant from Enable on behalf of the European Social Fund to facilitate a three month project on our Cheapside site.  The project begins in March 2012 and will run until the end of May.  The focus of the project is to increase confidence by undertaking a variety of tasks and studies.  Planned activities include building an all weather shelter, crop rotation and propagation.  We will keep you posted with updates and photos.



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